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Final weekend was an thrilling one for Michigan Magic gamers. It feels somewhat unusual, contemplating it was technically launch weekend, however a ton of #WARMTG Commonplace was performed and there are numerous outcomes to sift via.

Should you have been ready for the primary week of outcomes to return in earlier than hitching your wagon to a deck: now’s the time! Additionally, that is the article for you, since I’ll be catching you up on probably the most crucial items of data you’ll have to make knowledgeable metagame selections now that the season is underway.

I even have a primary take a look at the outcomes and deck lists from the Michigan MCQ at RIW Hobbies that pulled 131 gamers. Between the Open, Basic, and MCQ, we now have a reasonably cohesive portrait of a dynamic format and metagame.

The Superb Returns of “Previous Faculty” MCQs

The identify might have modified from PTQ to MCQ, however the good occasions and pleasure surrounding the return of those occasions could be very, very actual.

Earlier than I even get to the outcomes, I need to acknowledge how a lot I loved the return of conventional winner-take-all PTQs, now referred to as MCQs, in an LGS setting. I’ve all the time thought these occasions have been an enormous a part of the native material of the Magic group and by no means was that extra clear than once they all of the sudden disappeared a number of years in the past. The significance of those occasions in constructing the native gaming group can’t be understated.

I strongly disliked the PPTQ and RPTQ system. The truth is, I loathed the system. It locked a big chunk of the native participant base out of occasions. At the very least one well-known native professional lobbied to have his professional standing revoked in order that he might play native Magic on the weekends.

Magic at an LGS on a Saturday is a part of the material of how individuals play and I’m delighted to have it again, hopefully for good this time.

With all of that being stated, I used to be not allowed to play on this occasion as a result of I’m already certified for the upcoming MC. Whereas I wasn’t allowed to play, I used to be capable of take part alongside my pal Max McVety within the commentary sales space. I study rather a lot a few format from enjoying an occasion, however I consider I study twice as a lot watching one. A great reminder to aspiring event gamers concerning the significance of watching and studying from occasion protection.

In case you wanted additional convincing that MCQs are an enormous a part of the area people:

The #Riwhobbies MCQ contains a free construct your personal coney station for all gamers. Fairly superb! pic.twitter.com/6Rzfs9onVv

— Brian DeMars (@BrianDeMars1) Might four, 2019

These occasions are an enormous deal to recreation shops and to the trustworthy followers who like to play Magic however can’t realistically journey lengthy distances to play in occasions. It was fantastic to see 130+ gamers on the recreation retailer having an superior time.

For me, some of the thrilling elements of the occasion was seeing Aaron Breider. He’s a Michigan PTQ legend from again within the day. He was principally a lock for Prime eight of each Restricted PTQ as a result of his Restricted recreation was so forward of its time. I hadn’t seen him in in all probability seven or eight years. These are the sorts of issues that having an inexpensive native event scene, corresponding to an MCQ, brings to the desk.

New Normal Narratives

I used to be on the LGS early prematurely of protection, however there wasn’t truly a ton for me to do aside from hang around and chat with gamers. The large story I heard was a communal worry of Simic Nexus. That was just about the blanket impression I received from a lot of the gamers I spoke to.

Nexus of Destiny combo decks gained a implausible new software in Tamiyo, Collector of Tales. Any time a longtime deck positive factors a fantastically synergistic planeswalker, it’s one thing to concentrate to, and Tamiyo matches this deck alongside a number of axis, each discovering and rebuying key spells in necessary spots.

Tamiyo, Collector of Tales

Throughout the spectrum of the three occasions it’s truthful to say Nexus didn’t stay as much as the hype—no less than not in week one. The deck missed Prime eight on the Normal Open and the Michigan MCQ, and solely a lone Bant Nexus deck made Prime eight of the Basic.

The haters of the “nice durdle combo” could also be rejoicing at week’s finish, however don’t rely Nexus down or out simply but. Nexus was the deck to beat this week, and other people have been devoted and ready. Because the metagame begins to form up and other people modify I anticipate issues to turn out to be much less hostile.

SCG Normal Open RIW Hobbies MCQ SCG Commonplace Basic
  1. Pink Deck Wins
  1. Purple Deck Wins
  1. Grixis Management
2. Pink Deck Wins 2. Pink Deck Wins 2. Bant Nexus
Three. Purple Deck Wins four. Esper Management Three. Grixis Management
four. Esper Management 5. Esper Management four. Esper Management
5. Selesnya Tokens 6. White Weenie 5. White Weenie
6. Bant Midrange 6. White Weenie 6. Dimir Management
7. Esper Management 7. White Weenie 7. Mardu Aggro
eight. Bant Midrange eight. Esper Management eight. Naya Midrange

Each event tells a narrative. It’s additionally vital that the primary two columns, the Open and MCQ, passed off Saturday whereas the Basic was held on Sunday (giving gamers a further day of data to course of and to make changes).

The overarching narrative of the Saturday decks was:

Metagamers wrote off pink decks, and pink decks punished this assumption exhausting.

Simic Nexus probably struggled week one as a result of it had a bullseye on its head and other people have been lining up their shot earlier than spherical one. Individuals have been maybe overprepared for Nexus and underprepared for Pink Deck Wins.

The RIW MCQ and SCG Open have been each screenplays written in three acts:

Episode 1: The Phantom Menace (Simic is on the market and it’s going to get us!!)

Episode 2: Assault of the Clones (We did eight rounds of Swiss protection and all eight have been gained by both Esper Management or White Weenie!)

Episode Three: Revenge of the Sith (Two pink decks quietly sneak into Prime eight beneath the radar and assassinate the Jedi on the peak of their energy).

The Prime eight of the RIW MCQ is about to start out! Be a part of us on twitch and watch one in every of these eight qualify for the MC! Who’re you rooting for? https://t.co/tnqwa0BXTc pic.twitter.com/YFI9cv9QsP

— Brian DeMars (@BrianDeMars1) Might four, 2019

Let’s get to these deck lists!

MCQ Deck Lists: RIW Hobbies, Livonia Michigan

That is probably the primary place these might be posted. Listed here are the Prime eight deck lists from the MCQ:

Pink Deck Wins

Nicolas Sobzak, 1st place

18 Mountain
four Fanatical Firebrand
four Ghitu Lavarunner
four Runaway Steam-Kin
four Viashino Pyromancer
four Goblin Chainwhirler
four Shock
four Lightning Strike
2 Danger Issue
four Skewer the Critics
four Mild Up the Stage
four Wizard’s Lightning

Sideboard
four Legion Warboss
2 Rekindling Phoenix
Three Experimental Frenzy
2 Tibalt, Rakish Instigator
four Lava Coil

 

Pink Deck Wins

Sean Dunn, 2nd place

18 Mountain
four Fanatical Firebrand
four Ghitu Lavarunner
four Runaway Steam-Kin
four Viashino Pyromancer
four Goblin Chainwhirler
four Shock
four Lightning Strike
2 Danger Issue
four Skewer the Critics
four Mild Up the Stage
four Wizard’s Lightning

Sideboard
Three Experimental Frenzy
four Legion Warboss
2 Rekindling Phoenix
1 Danger Issue
four Lava Coil
1 Mountain

White Aggro

Harrison Fang, third place

12 Plains
four Glacial Fortress
four Hallowed Fountain
four Regulation-Rune Enforcer
four Dauntless Bodyguard
four Skymarcher Aspirant
four Adanto Vanguard
four Commemorated Loxodon
four Benalish Marshal
four Snubhorn Sentry
four Legion’s Touchdown/Adanto, the First Fort
Three Conclave Tribunal
four Historical past of Benalia
2 Gideon Blackblade

Sideboard
1 Demystify
Three Tocatli Honor Guard
1 Conclave Tribunal
2 Ajani, Adversary of Tyrants
Three Baffling Finish
2 Dovin’s Veto
1 Disdainful Stroke
2 Teferi, Time Raveler

Esper Management

Daniel Fournier, 4th place

1 Island
1 Swamp
four Watery Grave
four Hallowed Fountain
four Drowned Catacombs
four Remoted Chapel
four Glacial Fortress
1 Cry of the Carnarium
2 Seek for Azcanta/Azcanta, the Sunken Destroy
four Thought Erasure
2 Forged Down
2 Teferi, Time Raveler
1 Oath of Kaya
four Take in
2 Mortify
four Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
2 Dovin’s Veto
four Chemister’s Perception
Three Vraska’s Contempt
Three Kaya’s Wrath

Sideboard
Three Duress
2 Narset, Parter of Veils
Three Thief of Sanity
Three Hostage Taker
1 Cry of the Carnarium
2 Vona, Butcher of Magan
1 Dovin’s Veto

Esper Management

Brandon Anderson, fifth place

four Glacial Fortress
four Hallowed Fountain
four Godless Shrine
four Watery Grave
Three Remoted Chapel
four Drowned Catacomb
1 Blast Zone
1 Mobilized District
1 Swamp
four Thought Erasure
Three Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
Three Teferi, Time Raveler
Three Take up
Three Mortify
2 Seek for Azcanta/Azcanta, the Sunken Destroy
2 Second of Craving
1 Forged Down
1 Oath of Kaya
Three Kaya’s Wrath
Three Chemister’s Perception
2 Vraska’s Contempt
2 Dovin’s Veto
2 Tyrant’s Scorn
1 Liliana, Dreadhorde Basic

Sideboard
2 Dovin’s Veto
four Thief of Sanity
1 Enter the God-Eternals
1 Oath of Kaya
1 Kaya, Orzhov Usurper
1 Despark
1 Nezahal, Primal Tide
1 Disdainful Stroke
1 Lyra Dawnbringer
2 The Elderspell

Esper Management

Raja Sulaiman, sixth place

1 Swamp
1 Island
four Watery Grave
four Drowned Catacomb
four Godless Shrine
four Remoted Chapel
four Hallowed Fountain
four Glacial Fortress
1 Liliana, Dreadhorde Basic
four Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
2 Chemister’s Perception
2 Vraska’s Contempt
Three Kaya’s Wrath
1 Cry of the Carnarium
2 Narset, Parter of Veils
2 Mortify
1 Teferi, Time Raveler
four Take in
1 Negate
1 Tyrant’s Scorn
1 Second of Craving
2 Forged Down
four Thought Erasure
2 Seek for Azcanta/Azcanta, the Sunken Spoil
1 Enter the God-Eternals

Sideboard
2 Duress
1 Disdainful Stroke
2 Dovin’s Veto
1 Second of Craving
1 Despark
1 Teferi, Time Raveler
four Thief of Sanity
2 Hostage Taker
1 Enter the God-Eternals

White Aggro

Bryan Carey, seventh place

12 Plains
four Glacial Fortress
four Hallowed Fountain
four Dauntless Bodyguard
four Regulation-Rune Enforcer
four Skymarcher Aspirant
four Adanto Vanguard
four Benalish Marshal
four Commemorated Loxodon
four Snubhorn Sentry
four Legion’s Touchdown/Adanto, the First Fort
four Historical past of Benalia
four Conclave Tribunal

Sideboard
1 Demystify
2 Baffling Finish
2 Tithe Taker
Three Ajani, Adversary of Tyrants
Three Tocatli Honor Guard
1 Disdainful Stroke
2 Dovin’s Veto
1 Deputy of Detention

White Aggro

Noam Zimet, eighth place

12 Plains
four Hallowed Fountain
four Glacial Fortress
four Regulation-Rune Enforcer
four Commemorated Loxodon
four Skymarcher Aspirant
four Dauntless Bodyguard
four Snubhorn Sentry
four Adanto Vanguard
four Benalish Marshal
four Conclave Tribunal
four Historical past of Benalia
four Legion’s Touchdown/Adanto, the First Fort

Sideboard
Three Ajani, Adversary of Tyrants
2 Teferi, Time Raveler
2 Dovin’s Veto
2 Baffling Finish
1 Demystify
2 Tocatli Honor Guard
1 Tithe Taker
1 Disdainful Stroke

The occasion had a stacked area of 131 that was an actual who’s who of midwest Magic gamers. Except for the Prime eight notables, Joslyn Lambaria missed on tie-breakers by 2% factors together with her White Aggro deck. Kyle Boggemes (Esper Management), Tyler Hill (White Aggro), and Adam Hernandez (Simic Nexus) additionally put up robust showings however fell a loss in need of Prime eight.

Simic Nexus

Prime 16, Adam Hernandez

6 Forest
6 Island
Three Memorial to Genius
four Hinterland Harbor
four Breeding Pool
2 Blast Zone
four Choose
1 Blink of an Eye
1 Callous Dismissal
four Progress Spiral
1 Negate
four Root Snare
four Seek for Azcanta/Azcanta, the Sunken Damage
four Chemister’s Perception
four Tamiyo, Collector of Tales
four Wilderness Reclamation
four Nexus of Destiny – Foil – Purchase-a-Field Promo

Sideboard
Three Arboreal Grazer
2 Kraul Harpooner
1 Murmuring Mystic
1 Spell Pierce
2 Negate
2 Crushing Cover
2 God-Everlasting Kefnet
2 Bond of Flourishing

I’ve an immense quantity of respect for the work Adam Hernandez has been persistently placing in for native occasions in addition to the content material he’s been publishing. It’s all the time full of nice particulars and insights. He had a stellar Simic record that I’ve additionally determined to share (since the remainder of the Prime eight area was principally three decks!).

Congratulations to Nick on an epic and well-played event! His semifinals match towards Daniel Fournier was one of many craziest matches I’ve watched shortly with each gamers being put to the check with extraordinarily troublesome decisions time and again. Additionally, from the protection aspect, I can say that Nick is a real champion for having probably the most legible handwritten deck record!

Spectacular Esper

General, I used to be impressed by Esper Management within the commentary sales space. Whereas I do assume the pink decks have been capable of catch some opponents sleeping on devoted solutions to the quick, burn-centric technique final weekend, I don’t anticipate individuals to proceed to make that mistake this week.

There’s some rigidity between card decisions that dictate how one chooses to place their Esper construct, which is a cool sub-game inside the metagame. The difficulty is that Esper can’t hedge to beat all the highly effective decks on the similar time, because it wants totally different instruments for every sort of matchup.

It wants Wraths for White Aggro, life achieve to extend the sport towards Pink Deck, and combo stoppers like Paradoxical End result and Thief of Sanity towards Nexus. In every matchup, one thing dramatically totally different is crucial and necessitates a unique subset of playing cards. To additional complicate that dynamic, the playing cards which are nice towards some decks are dangerous to the purpose of being an unplayable legal responsibility in different matchups!

Esper results in a spot the place a big a part of recreation 1 success is predicated on drawing the great playing cards in a matchup and dodging the bricks! However additionally it is true that as a result of Esper has such depth on the sideboard bench that it’s doubtless favored in virtually each sideboard state of affairs.

Through the Phantom Menace part of the event, I received an opportunity to debate the Esper v. Simic matchup with Kyle Boggemes (he performed Esper). He stated that he anticipated to lose most recreation 1s (until he drew strongly from the great half of his deck, i.e., not creature removing), however felt like a robust favourite within the sideboard video games, which made him assured concerning the matchup general.

I watched fairly a little bit of the matchup this weekend between the Open, Basic, and MCQ, and it performed out precisely as Kyle predicted. So, whereas Simic feels prefer it ought to be a nasty matchup, it’s truly an in depth, or barely favored, matchup general.

Is It Open Season on Planeswalkers But?

One of many strongest impressions I gained from the weekend’s Magic occasions was a newfound respect for the brand new Three-mana planeswalkers.

Teferi, Time RavelerNarset, Parter of Veils

These playing cards are each straight-up, high-impact, critical enterprise. Each have been key to Esper’s success towards Simic and Management. Narset has additionally made a splash in Everlasting already! Zach Allen hit the nail on the top when he stated: “Narset is an prompt Everlasting staple.” I strongly agree with the evaluation.

BrainstormPonder

In Legacy it’s an efficient solution to shut down low cost cantrips.

In Classic… You… Can… Do… Different… Issues… With… It… To not point out, it’s fairly nice towards Paradoxical Consequence!

However let’s get again to Normal:

A few playing cards value contemplating because the Warfare of the Spark planeswalkers proceed to broaden their affect within the format. First:

The Elderspell

I used to be immediately bought on this card after watching Brandon Anderson unleash the beast in an Esper mirror. His opponent was forward with a number of planeswalkers on the board and this card caught him again up for two mana. Not solely did it catch him up however it additionally added loyalty to his Teferi, Time Raveler to attract additional playing cards! Now, think about utilizing this to spam a bunch of loyalty onto a Teferi, Hero of Dominaria to final out of nowhere! He did that too…

The second card that I feel is fascinating however not seeing a lot play but:

Price of Betrayal

One other nice choice for coping with planeswalkers, and for the discount worth of a single B mana. I want the cardboard was an immediate in order that it might decide off turn-5 Teferi earlier than the 2 lands untap to characterize Dovin’s Veto. It’s nonetheless respectable just because it’s so low cost.

Clearly, there’s so much to think about as we transfer into the second week of the format. I predict individuals will regulate to Purple Deck Wins. The truth is, the Basic Prime eight implies, to me, that the gamers who had success did precisely that. I recommend that Esper is the default deck to beat, which signifies that something with a strong Esper plan is properly positioned. Additionally, don’t write off Nexus as a result of it’ll be again. Simply give it a while.

It was an superior weekend filled with Magic and I’ve received to say that I didn’t understand how a lot I missed the native PTQs till I discovered myself at one! It’s such an enormous win for gamers on the native degree to once more have entry to those fantastic group constructing occasions.

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